University President and Bush-Era Health Bureaucrat Ben Sasse fought off an aggressive negative campaign led by Mitch McConnell operatives to win the Nebraska Republican Senate Primary last night, doubling the vote of the GOP
Establishment Aristocracy Candidate (who actually seems like a decent enough fellow, truth be told.)
Now the question is, will the Establishment GOP do what they always demand of the Tea Party and demand that the candidate be supported? Or will Sasse get Cuccinellied? And how will the Republican platform of “Obamacare sucks” compete with the Democrat platform of “Koch Brothers suck?” The Nebraska seat is pretty safe for Republicans. But, let’s take a quick look at some other senate races, won’t you?
West Virginia looks to be a likely Democrat-to-Republican flip. On the other hand, Georgia and Kentucky right now look like they could flip the other way. Arkansas, which had looked like a Republican pick-up, is slipping away.
In Iowa, the Democrat really stepped in it with the “Farmers suck” comment, but seems to be coming back. North Carolina, where the establishment candidate easily won his primary, looks like a Democrat hold. Michigan will probably be a Democrat hold as Detroit usually turns out 120% of eligible Democrat voters. Louisiana, where Mary Landrieu is always said to be in trouble but somehow always manages to win, will probably stay Democrat. In Alaska, the GOP establishment is backing a carpetbagger and the Democrat holds a narrow lead; same deal in New Hampshire.
So, by the current polls, the Republicans are no where near the six seats they need to take the Senate, and are actually in danger of a net loss. Maybe the GOP should stop going after the Tea Party and maybe go after Democrats instead. Radical notion, right?